AT&T has announced that it's taking the concept of rollover minutes or texts and applying it to data starting January 25th. This will only affect Mobile Share Value plans, but it will impact new and current customers alike.
The policy shift likely isn't coming out of the goodness of the carrier's heart (teehee, as if carriers have hearts). Instead, this looks like a calculated response to T-Mobile's recent decision to start rolling unused data over into the next month. That news came under the banner of Un-Carrier 8.0, because yes, we're up to eight of those now.
Regardless of the motivation, this change is good for consumers. All unused data in any given month will shift into the next, where it will be accessible to all devices within a shared plan. But unlike T-Mobile, AT&T won't let you pool a year's worth of data. Your unused allotment will expire after one billing period, so at no point can you amass more than two month's worth of data.
To track your unused data, you can use either the myAT&T app or sign into the website, and all of it goes away if you change to a different plan. To answer other questions, the carrier has provided a detailed FAQ page.
AT&T GIVES MORE THAN 50 MILLION MOBILE SHARE VALUE® SUBSCRIBERS SHAREABLE ROLLOVER DATA
All Mobile Share Value customers get it automatically at no extra cost
The unused monthly plan data rolls forward for use within the next month
DALLAS, JAN. 7, 2015 – Today AT&T announced it’s bringing back its popular “Rollover” concept – but this time for data. Beginning January 25, all new and current AT&T Mobile Share Value customers will automatically receive the Rollover Data feature at no additional cost.2 Now, all Mobile Share Value customers will have their unused, shareable plan data in a given month roll over to be used within the next month. The best part is that it is simple and easy to track, and Rollover Data benefits the whole family or business – across all smartphones and devices on the same Mobile Share Value plan.
AT&T is making it easier for customers to do more with their data on their terms -- all on the nation’s most reliable LTE network with the nation’s strongest LTE signal3. AT&T Mobile Share Value customers will be able to share the data that rolls over from the previous month, a big advantage for families and businesses.
“Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers,” said Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility. “We’re providing even more value and flexibility, and the best part is it’s simple, shareable and easy to track for our customers. All Mobile Share Value customers get this automatically.”
With shareable data rolled from the previous month, AT&T Mobile Share Value customers enjoy more freedom and ability to use their data on their terms across devices.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
- All levels of AT&T Mobile Share Value plan customers automatically receive the Rollover Data feature – no signing up, no additional cost.
- Rollover Data can be shared with everyone on the same Mobile Share Value plan.
- If you do not use your full allotment of plan data in a given month, the extra amount automatically rolls over and is available to be used within the next month.
- Within a given month, you will use your plan allotment first, before you begin using your Rollover Data. Unused Rollover Data does not carry over.
As an example:
If you have four lines and have a 15GB AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan and only use 10GB in a given month, you’ll roll over 5GB and have a total of 20GB available to use within the next month. If you were to only use 10GB in the second month, you’ll again roll over 5GB and have a total of 20GB available the next month. Bottom line: if you have unused plan data this month, it automatically rolls over to be used within the next month in case you need more than your plan’s allotment. This gives you that extra data to do the things you love across all your devices, like surfing the web, watching videos, listening to your favorite music or sending email.
AT&T Mobile Share Value customers will be able to view their Rollover Data balance on the myAT&T app or online at att.com.
AT&T customers can join the conversation by following #RolloverData to share the news and hear the latest about shareable Rollover Data.
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Rollover Data only available w/ Mobile Share Value® plans. Unused data expires after one billing period or w/ any plan change. Rollover Data consumed last. Add’l restr. apply. Plan details at: http://att.com/rolloverdata